In my ongoing effort to be the most unattractive and awkward sleeping partner in the history of this planet, I tied my legs together last night.
OK, I didn’t really do it just to look weird.
It’s related to my new “oh crap, I’m old” ailment – my hip has been killing me. Particularly when I sleep, I have for several months been waking up with pain in my lower back and hip. On my left side, the pain is so great in front and in back that I can barely turn over in the middle of the night. I talked to my doctor about it and about the fact that my left knee is crap. We agreed to start with an x-ray of my knee. Maybe get one of my hip. In the meantime – more pain. And then I realized that, while I sleep – my right leg is fairly straight but my left leg tends to get quite askew in the middle of the night. It moves out and twists.
I was suspecting this could be the cause of my mainly nighttime pain. So, last night I grabbed my trusty bathrobe tie and knotted it loosely around my legs right above my knees. My legs were able to move a tiny bit but it kept my left leg from straying too far during the night.
Night 1 of Operation Tie Legs and – Sweet! – no waking up at 4 a.m. with excruciating pain in my back and left side. hmmmmmm……I like this. Sweetie told me one night of no pain doesn’t prove anything. I agree. I’ll try it for a few more nights and see what happens. I’m hoping I can train my leg to stay put all night on its own. Seemed to work for my arm, I think. I haven’t been throwing it over my head a lot since I tied my arm down during the night. So much for doctors – I’ll figure out how to make my body stop hurting it I have to mummify myself to do it!
Kudos to Sweetie who puts up with the ties and knots and extra pillows and mouth guards and ear plugs and all the other signs of my advancing age.